As the blockchain-led growth fosters a daily spread of crypto-community, almost every other prominent worldwide company has been rolling out projects that somehow tangled with the cutting-edge technology. The global browser developer Opera is not an exception as it has gradually been adding more crypto-specific features to its browser over the past few months.
Previously Coinspeaker reported the launch of the first cryptocurrency wallet incorporated into the web browser Opera. The beta version of the Opera browser designed especially for Android offers an easy-to-use crypto-wallet functionality and support for Ethereum decentralized apps meaning the users will be able to seamlessly receive and pay in cryptocurrency on their mobile Android devices without having to install any separate extensions.
Today Opera has presented to the wide audience newly added features that dramatically improve the user experience of Web3 Dapps and crypto-payments on the web in general. The company is expanding its crypto-wallet beta program with transaction notifications and the ability to send crypto-collectibles directly from your wallet.
The crypto-collectibles are unique digital things known as “non-fungible tokens or NIFTYs” that can be obtained on the blockchain and collected in users’ wallets. The beginning of this trend stems from the popular blockchain game Cryptokitties revolving around a cats breeding. A smashing success of the game triggers an avalanche of the similar online games and services adopting such tokens.
Feeling the energy of industry development, the Opera’s built-in crypto-wallet is now innovating by allowing users to send crypto-collectibles directly from the wallet to the person they want to, something that previously required visiting a digital marketplace and trading them.
In the official announcement, which highlighted the recent updates, Opera stated:
We have changed this and made sending crypto-collectibles as easy as sending money via Venmo in the U.S. or Vipps or Swish in Scandinavian countries. We feel this makes them more tangible from a user’s perspective.
Yet the innovations do not end here. In addition to the support of the Ethereum ERC-721 standard used to streamline the crypto-collectibles remittance, Opera will also track the user’s transactions and notifying them about their progress and completion.
Therefore, Opera empowers users to skip a usability problem in current blockchains and wallets as the transactions will be instantaneous while users will be aware of what is happening between the moment they have made a transaction and before it’s actually completed. The same principle applies to either payments, tokens or collectibles: user will get notifications once there is something new in their wallets.
Taking into account the pent-up market share of non-Chrome browsers and the booming blockchain market, it is not all that surprising that Opera is taking aim at cryptocurrency users. It will be interesting to see what Opera has to offer over competitors like blockchain-based browser Brave, which is rapidly expanding its mainstream user base.